Convenience comes first at Celebrity Tanning, where a plethora of metro locations, extended hours, and a large lineup of tanning equipment ensure clients can achieve a sun-kissed glow with minimum fuss. Four tiers of UV beds offer escalating amenities that add to the comfort and efficacy of tanning sessions, incorporating extra facial tanners, aromatherapy, MP3 hookups, and inspirational posters of famous suns from other galaxies. For more immediate results, the salon’s automated Mystic Tan booth sends sweeping jets of misted bronzer over bodies to create a streak-free tan that lasts 7–10 days after one 60-second session. The staff of tanning specialists can help customers choose the right type of session for their skin or budget, answering any questions that may come up. Tan-prolonging lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and California Tan are also available to enhance the depth and duration of a tan without equipping clothes with UVA bulbs.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Tangible Tanning Salon, clients perform their own Superman-like transformations as they step inside a UV or spray-tan booth and emerge freshly glowing. The tanning salon hosts three levels of tanning in beds and booths that allow clients to tan standing up, lying down, or balancing on their heads. The Smart Tan–certified staff can help guests to choose the right equipment and tanning time with a skin-type analysis and pampering lotions from Designer Skin.
The staff at Varo Salon are experts in all methods of pampering. Stylists perform all manner of hair services from cuts to perms to coloring. Along with haircare, stylists also remove unwanted hair from brows, chins, lips, and the face by deftly applying wax.
From its traditional tanning beds to its top-of-the-line self-tanners, Tan United makes it possible to look like you worship the sun, even if you've never stepped foot on it. UV beds come in six levels, so guests can first acquire a base tan, then work up to their ideal shade of bronze. UV-free VersaSpa spray tans go a step further: each session can be customized to include a pH-balancing treatment, sunless bronzer, and super-hydrating serums that help lock-in the golden glow and smooth fine lines. Red-light therapy beds, meanwhile, help boost collagen production and minimize the appearance of cellulite, giving visitors a way to improve the overall look of their skin without tanning.
All tanning salons want their clients to look their best, but Tangible Tanning & Fitness wants them to feel their best as well. After enhancing physiques with spray tans or prolonging the life of their tans in hydration station pods, clients can tone and tighten in Pilates and yoga classes. They can also augment their appearances with red light therapy sessions, which use UV-free lighting technology to boost collagen production and decrease signs of aging more effectively than writing the word "no" on each and every wrinkle.